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Kindle Firmware Update 5.13.1 Adds Improved Search and Navigation Features

Amazon rolled out another update for its ereaders this week. It’s currently being pushed out to the Voyage, all Oasis models, the latest Paperwhite model, and the two most recent basic Kindle models. (Older versions of the Paperwhite or the basic Kindle did not get the update.)

The release notes (below) mention changes to the search function, and tweaks to PageFlip. Amazon also added new content to Kindle FU, and changed how that service is accessed from the Kindle. And finally, Dark Mode (white text on a black background) is now accessible via the Quick Actions menu.

Here are the release notes for the update.

Version 5.13.1 – June 2020

Here’s what’s new:

New features for kids in Amazon FreeTime: Kids are getting more out of Amazon FreeTime with new features that include: a new layout, improved search, book details, and Audible support. For customers in supported marketplaces who are Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscribers, your kids will see rows of recommended eBook and Audible content that are age-appropriate and included in your subscription. Just access Amazon FreeTime from the menu to get started.

Search: Over the next few weeks, you will see a new search experience that makes it easier to navigate through your search results in the book without losing the page you were reading. To get started, simply search for a term in your book and tap on a search result.

Dark Mode: We have made it easier for you to turn on Dark Mode. You can easily turn it on/off in Quick Actions.

Updated Page Flip Navigation: Over the next few weeks, you will see an updated Page Flip experience that makes it easier to navigate to the right page in your book. The new experience shows recently read pages as dots on the progress bar, including your most recent page read from another device. To get started, tap the top of the screen while reading to display the Reading Navigation toolbar, then tap the left Page Flip icon (single page view) at the bottom of the screen.

Performance improvements, bug fixes, and other general enhancements.

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Frank July 11, 2020 um 7:30 pm

It is too bad the Paperwhite 2 and 3 got dropped from this version, but at least those two had updates for a while.

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